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Thoughts of Home

This time of year is synonymous with celebrations surrounding 4th of July, conjuring images of picnics and barbeques with family and friends, long summer evenings and, of course, fireworks. We’ve asked members of our community to share their memories of one of the most treasured American holidays on our calendar.


Up Close and Personal With… Michael Hadley, Benchmark Wines

Benchmark Wines has very recently come on board with AAS as an Eagle Partner. We catch up with company Partner, Michael Hadley, about why we make a great partnership, what makes him tick and what’s hot in the world of wine.


Farming in Singapore

By Richard Hartung Living amidst the urban jungle in Singapore, even the idea of farming here may seem a bit ludicrous. Surprisingly, though, Singapore produces nearly 10 percent of its own food. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said there were 194 vegetable, fish and egg farms here in 2018, with the 12,200 tons of leafy vegetables grown locally last year making up 13 percent of all leafy vegetables consumed in Singapore and 4,600 tons of locally produced fish, accounting for nine percent of the fish people eat. This level of production is small compared to what will happen before long, though, as the agricultural sector is set to soar. Feeling that Singapore is exposed to volatility in the global food market, exemplified by Malaysia threatening to cut off egg imports recently, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Masagos …


Listen Up: Being Heard in a Noisy World

By Kyle Aldous Here’s a question for you: how many words on average do we consume each day? 10,000, 50,000, or 100,000? In 2008, IBM and Cisco Systems funded and conducted a study to determine this number. They estimate that the average American consumes roughly 100,000 words each day. Each year this means you hear or read roughly 36.5 million words. With the development of social media and constant connection to dialogue that number has likely crept up since 2008. Is it any wonder, then, we are up against fierce competition when it comes to getting our voice heard? What we’re missing, though, in our bid to get our point across, is interpreting, validating and understanding the data being fed to us. So, in a world where we are all overwhelmed with content how do you stand out? Stop talking! …


SATs or ACTs: What are they and how do you choose the correct exam to take?

By Andy Lee Are you taking the SAT or the ACT? This is one of the most common and perplexing questions that most high school students confront when they begin to embark on the college application process. Contrary to popular belief, these two college entrance exams actually share a lot in common. First of all, they both seek to assess students’ readiness for higher education. Secondly, the structure and content of these two exams are more similar than they are different. Both exams are also employed by college admissions officers as a major factor in allocating seats and scholarship awards. The vast majority of universities accept either exam and treat them equally in the admission process. Despite all these commonalities, however, it’s helpful to compare both exams to understand which is the right fit for the student. The following table …


Have It Your Way This Fourth of July

By Emma Hillman Although claim to its origin has been disputed, if there’s one thing the US does well, it’s a burger. This staple of American fodder has to be one of the nation’s greatest exports, as the foodie scene in Singapore knows only too well. From gourmet delectation to instant fast-food gratification, there’s plenty of choice on the island and from familiar American restaurants that have made it here, too. What better way to dine this Fourth of July than chowing down on comfort food from home? Loosen your belts and check out these five burger joints. Fatburger If your appetite has been left wanting with modest sized burgers in Singapore, then you’re in for a treat: Fatburger has made it to town. Hollywood’s iconic burger stand has brought with it gargantuan-sized patties, which you can order sandwiched in …


Eating Under the Influence

By Julian Chua If you ever want an expert opinion or recommendations on food in Singapore, look no further than the passionate foodies who put out food content regularly. With stiff competition among restauranteurs in Singapore, social media influencers with gravitas, who often have thousands of online followers with the same love of food, may be both loved and loathed by the different eateries they review. I recently caught up with two prominent Singapore influencers who have had a hand at shaping the food & beverage (F&B) scene to hear their stories of how they started, what it’s like to be in their shoes and, more importantly, to provide insightful recommendations on where and what to eat in Singapore as an expat or tourist. #1 – Influencer ID: @Zanthrea Zanthrea currently runs her own translation agency and describes her relationship …


Work What Matters: A Beginners Guide to Maximizing Your Gym Time

By Amanda L. Dale We’ve all been there: standing in the middle of our fully stocked condo gym, surrounded by the latest in fitness equipment, headphones on, shoes tied, ready to roll. The only thing missing? A darn clue about what to actually do in that gym. On a good day, we might walk or jog a bit on the treadmill, haphazardly pull at a few cables or pick up a couple of dumbbells and tack on a few crunches at the end for good measure. On a bad one, we might get so frustrated with not knowing what to do that we end up doing nothing much at all – making the gym trip a total waste of time. Two of the main reasons people come to me as a personal trainer is to get ideas for what to …


BMI – What Do I Need to Know?

By Dr. Sundus Morgan Many people want to know the answer to this question: how much should I weigh? However, there is not one ideal healthy weight for each person, because a number of different factors play a role. Arguably, a more accurate indication of whether we are at a healthy weight is the Body Mass Index (BMI) which takes into consideration both weight and height. Dr. Sundus Morgan at IMC, Katong, tells us about what we need to know. What does ‘BMI’ stand for? What do the various BMI categories mean? BMI gives you an idea of how your weight compares to common values and is calculated as your weight in pounds divided by the square of your height in inches, multiplied by 703: BMI = lbs/in2 x 703. Body mass index (BMI): Underweight - BMI is less than …


Singapore’s Boutique Yoga Studios: Prenatal Practice for Expecting Mothers

By Jennifer Davidson   Originating in ancient Indian philosophy, the spiritual practice of yoga has evolved and is embraced by many throughout the world for its physical and mental health benefits. Yoga may be encouraged as adjunct treatment to medical conditions or encouraged for self-care and a healthier lifestyle. Benefits may include reduced stress and anxiety, less pain, metabolic regulation and increased cardiovascular and pulmonary health.   In Singapore alone, you can find various forms of yoga practices; from Vinyasa, or flow yoga, to hot yoga, to meditation, to restorative. For expecting mothers, many studios provide prenatal classes. As with all practices, prenatal yoga focuses on breathing, stretching and typical postures. Included within the class are specific modifications to safely practice as your body embarks on this wonderful transformation all the while increasing awareness with a focus on your baby. …